Whether you're new to adoption as a hopeful adoptive parent or an expectant mother, an adopted person trying to better understand your story, or someone else who is just interested in adoption and how it works, you may not know where to start when searching for general adoption information.

Adoption is a legal, emotional and social process that impacts adoptive parents, birth parents, adoptees and the larger community in a number of ways. It has various definitions - and even more complex meanings - as well as a long history that dates back to the dawn of human existence.

As adoption has become more mainstream and openly celebrated, the information and resources available on the subject have grown immensely. Today, adoption offers a number of options to hopeful parents and pregnant women. Adoption is now a common method of family-building not only for heterosexual couples, but also for single parents, same-sex couples and other diverse family types.

The adoption process can take a number of forms: domestic or international, private or public, open or closed, agency-assisted or independent. Every adoption story is unique, and each type of adoption has its own benefits and challenges. However, all adoptions have one thing in common: they provide a lifetime of new opportunities for the children and families involved.

If you are interested in learning more about adoption, the articles in this section provide the general information you need to begin understanding this fascinating, and often complex, topic.

Adoption Overview

By definition, adoption is the process of transferring parental rights from one parent to another. But it’s also much more than that — adoption is a lifelong journey that forever changes the lives of adopted children, their adoptive parents and their birth parents.

What You Need to Know About the History of Adoption

Adoption has been around throughout the modern human era, but there may be some things about adoption history you don’t know — but should.

4 Important Adoption Definitions You Should Know

We break down some of the adoption definitions that are important for any prospective birth parent, any adoptive parent or anyone interested in adoption.

What Does Adoption Mean?

An adoption meaning will be different to different people, as it’s a process close to the heart that impacts birth parents, adoptive parents and adopted children.

What are My Adoption Options?

When you’re considering adopting a child or placing a child for adoption, it’s important you understand all of your adoption options before making a decision.

10 Places to Find the Latest Adoption News

Because the laws regarding adoption can change, it’s important you stay up to date on adoption news, whether you’re a birth or adoptive parent or adoptee.

Information About Adoption You Need to Know

Want to learn more about adoption? Have questions about information on adoption? American Adoptions and our specialists can help.

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  • What is the total cost for the entire adoption?

    There are several factors that determine the total cost for an adoption, including the program you choose. Variables such as medical bills, birth mother expenses and legal fees vary for each adoption. We strive to maintain affordable adoptions without cutting corners. Please see the Our Domestic Adoption Programs section for further details.

  • Can we choose the gender of our baby?

    Have your heart set on a bouncing baby boy or a new little princess? American Adoptions now offers a gender-specific option for families hoping for a specific gender. With this option families would pay an additional Gender-Specific Fee to help our agency locate and work with birth mothers meeting this additional criteria. Please note that gender specificity may increase wait time. This fee is in addition to all other program fees and is not considered part of your adoption budget. Please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION for minimum budget details.

  • Do we need to retain our own attorney?

    No - American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. It is important to note that adoption laws vary state-to-state and often even county-to-county. As such, it is important to utilize the services of an attorney that specializes in adoption in the state the adoption will finalize in, which we will not know until you are matched with an expectant mother. Retaining your own attorney at this time is not necessary and may be an additional expense to you that is not needed.

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  • Adoption Glossary

    Do adoption terms and phrases leave you feeling confused? Learn the meaning to key adoption words and phrases with our comprehensive adoption glossary.

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